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Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Nea ti tiea denta konjunkcio? No multo lumigi kristnasko ajn! Deka onia popolnomo kiu ke. Ido elen kian definitive ho, ruli orda baf ba, cis ig personalo, memkompreneble. Jen geedzo eksteren prapostmorgaĊ­ ho, esk tioma trans internacia nu. Kilometro tempodaĊ­ro nul mf!

I just found a nifty fake-text generator for use in blocking out content for web and print design. It’s well written, has a sense of style, and is fun to use. Check out Lorem Ipsum – the Motherload and see what I mean.

An Abstraction

Monday, October 30th, 2006

Today was a long day at work – luckily I’m in the final stretch of this project and boy can I not wait for it to be over. It was actually a kind of trippy day today. I woke to a bright sunny day, that turned to a wispy fog as I crossed the bridge. Upon getting to work I spent most of the day shrouded in clouds while Seattle proper enjoyed a clear (but freezing cold) day.

In reverence of a trippy day I took this photo through my desk (the green reflection is from the bluetooth headset charger and the red is my iMac). I like the way the reflection blends with the grille on the back of the desk.

POTD 10/30/06 - An Abstraction

I’ve also changed the layout of my blog today. I like this new format because it’s much cleaner than the old one. It’s also a more flexible layout allowing people with larger monitors to more effectively view Futurist Now. I’m also experimenting with posting larger photos – let me know what you think and if it’s awkward on your computer.

POTD 10/30/06 – An Abstraction” by sparktography

Update:
I just did some accessibility testing and the new design actually works down to a maximized browser on about 99.4% of my readers (according to Google Analytics) which is good. The new design also loads well in mobile browsers – but the images are larger and thus will load slower for those on the go.

Forcast: Seattle

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

Looking up at 501

Another shot I took today with my lens baby. This one is looking up at Brien’s condo from street level. It took me a few hours to work through processing my other photos before I found this gem. I de-saturated as well as tweaked with the remaining colors a bit. Have I mentioned how much I love my Lensbaby yet?

Looking up at 501” by sparktography

Explorations with my Lensbaby

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

Happy fall back day! I barely notice any more given how most of my clocks are computers and computers are nice enough to do that for me. Mom and I went out for some breakfast before taking her down to her much adored Seattle REI flagship store.

After getting back from REI I went exploring with my new Lensbaby. I took couple hundred shots to try and get a better feel for this unusual lens. Given how dynamic and organic both the lens and it’s results are I think I’m going to have a lot of fun learning this new lens.

I took several self portraits on Summit Street in the reflection of a glass door to an apartment building. I think the below shot is my favorite self portrait yet – and the Picture of the Day for today.

POTD 10/29/06 - Antique self

I also got this colorful shot over on Pine. The man in the background is walking his dog to go pick up a Seattle Weekly. I like the way the bright colors combine with the warped blur effect that the Lensbaby gives photos. It makes it possible to really pull a subject out of a scene.

Coming for the news

I’m glad I went out when I did – a rain/wind storm has kicked up while I’ve been busy editing the whole batch of photos. I’m planning on a nice quiet evening tonight in a warm condo, watching movies and preparing for the week ahead.

Antique self” by sparktography
Coming for the news” by sparktography

Very short stories

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

Wired News did a cool write up on Very Short Stories that I rather fancy. They took Hemingway’s famous six word story (“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”) and challenged technologists and writers of a modern era to come up with their own. Check out the article, and a few tries of my own:

Did you bring the backup? Nope.

Will children bring us enough successes?

His life before him, mostly nothing.

Slipping further from the edge, reaching desperately.

We have done far too much.

Eagerly awaiting the redux, long coming.

Emphatic paper food was our downfall.

Can you come up with one?

Update with more:
This word game will end me.

My mouth keeps getting yesterdays lunch.

Fall is here

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

POTD 10/25/06 - Fall

Fall is here – everywhere around me bright cheerful colors warm the otherwise bleak and dreary outdoor Seattle environment. It was actually pretty nice outside today – no rain, just grey Seattle skies as far as the eye can see.

POTD 10/25/06 – Fall” by sparktography

A trip down memory lane

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

An alteration Slantwise automaid
Watersnake Blue bottle on red

Tonight I took a trip down memory lane and poked through some old hard drives looking at photos from 2003, 2004, and early 2005. I ended up finding these four previously untouched photos that deserved some love.

Love they got.

Yet more construction

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

POTD 10/24/06 - Yet more construction

Today was the first miserably wet day of the year. Rain was pounding when I drove to work this morning reminding me just how poorly my car handles in low traction situations. Luckily it let up enough by the time I had arrived to snap a few quick pictures of the construction around my office that gets ever closer to the building and entrance I use.

As you can see from the picture the massive equipment is now literally up to the door. I can’t imagine being one of the poor people who’s window looked out on to a back-hoe from 5 feet – I know I would go mad with the distraction.

Aside from the rain today was actually a pretty good day – I got a lot done at work, and have been home for the last couple of hours working on reorganizing my condo and poking at email.

On another good note Firefox 2.0 launched today. I have always loved Firefox from a functional perspective but prefer Camino for it’s speed, elegance, and simplicity. The new 2.0 release is a lot leaner and faster than 1.5 yet improves on usability. Given the power that Firefox brings to the table with it’s extensible plugins I might just have to try using both it and Camino for a while to see what my long term impressions of the new release are.

POTD 10/24/06 – Yet more construction” by sparktography

Ever have one of those days?

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

Today was just one of those days – up late for work, up early for work, forgetting the laptop at home and doing an extra round trip while being late for stuff and everything else that could make it annoying. Luckily I did get everything done today that needed getting done, and everything worked out for the better – it was just a wearing journey.

It’s now 7:00 and I’ve finally returned from my day and walked Skype so I can finally just settle in to my couch and relax.

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